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Education & Curriculum, Health & Disabilities, Family Support

Three Friends at Head Start

Education & Curriculum

Parents, in partnership with staff, create individual goals that prepare the preschool-age child (3-5) to be successful in school and in life. We lay the foundation for learning by providing enriched learning environments supported by qualified teaching staff. The Creative Curriculum, which identifies goals in four areas of development, Social/Emotional, Physical, Cognitive and Language, is the approved curriculum our program uses.

Family Support

Family support services are a key component of the Head Start program. Some of the available services include:

  • Assisting with access to community resources
  • Teaching advocacy skills
  • Developing family partnership agreements
  • Offering crisis intervention.

Families are provided numerous opportunities to get involved with the program. They include volunteering, employment opportunities, serving on committees and groups of interest, and being involved with Policy Council, the decision making group.

Health & Disabilities

Lakewood Head Start provides participating children and their families with assistance and links to community health resources. Health Services provides teachers with plans to include children with special health issues into the regular classroom. Program staff collaborates with the local education agency to ensure that children needing additional classroom support in the areas of speech/language, cognitive and motor skills will succeed.

Nutrition


The City of Lakewood offers many nutrition services to our Head Start children and their families:

  • Through the USDA-sponsored Child and Adult Care Food Program, we provide well-balanced meals and snacks to help children meet their daily energy and nutrient needs.
  • Children are screened twice a year for height, weight, and body mass index to help identify those who may be at risk for overweight and obesity.
  • Our Head Start classrooms participate in the Culture of Wellness in Preschools Program, which includes an Integrated Nutrition Education Program (INEP) and a movement program known as, "I am Moving, I am Learning (IMIL)".
  • Family outreach activities include parent meeting presentations, nutrition newsletters, and nutrition education handouts. We also partner with community agencies such as Cooking Matters and CSU Cooperative Extension to provide nutrition and cooking classes for our families. Parent Wellness Workshops are conducted through Culture of Wellness in Preschools.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found
online and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Contact Information:

Head Start
Wilbur A. Rogers Center
12100 W. Alameda Pkwy.
Lakewood, CO 80228
Direct: 303-987-2490 | Email: headstart@lakewood.org

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